Network factors in leader-member relationships

Deborah E. Gibbons, Steven Grover

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This chapter applies basic precepts of network theory to leader-member relationships and leadership exchanges that are embedded in broader social networks. The network concepts include relational attributes such as friendship, advice, or trust that may compose a relationship; formation and effects of triads and other subgroupings; patterns of relationship-building within and beyond the group or team, and centrality in the network. Each network concept is integrated with LMX theory to produce propositions about network structures including leader-member relationships. Finally, complementary effects of interpersonal relations, network structures, and LMX relationships on team process effectiveness are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSharing network leadership
EditorsGeorge B. Graen, Joni A. Graen
Place of PublicationGreenwich, CT
PublisherInformation Age Publishing
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9781593115296, 9781593115302
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLMX leadership


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